Mario Andretti, F1's world champion of 1978, has backed Red Bull's decision to sign Daniel Ricciardo.
Some, including the German newspapers Welt and Bild, have criticised the signing of young "nobody" Australian Ricciardo over a champion candidate like Kimi Raikkonen.
But Andretti insisted: "I can understand the decision absolutely.
"They have this training team, Toro Rosso, that has already created Sebastian Vettel.
"So why would they have a training team if not for situations like this?" said the 73-year-old, referring to Mark Webber's departure for Le Mans.
"This is a great signal to all young racing drivers that there is a way without having a big...
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